Deadpool 2 is out, and despite its legion of fans, despair permeates my heart when I think of just how stupid the first film really was, despite being pretty funny. If you liked it, apologies: go ahead and enjoy it – we are all free to do, think and watch as we wish.
However, if I had to pick a sequel, which I did in protest of Deadpool 2 in the cinema, I chose Pacific Rim Uprising which came out this March as a sequel to Guillermo del Toro ’s magnificent, heart pounding film Pacific Rim from 2013, which was perfect in every way except for a flawed ending. This new, unnecessary installment, produced by del Toro and directed by Steven S. DeKnight , was therefore something I approached with a great deal of trepidation.
Surprisingly enough, despite a slow start that almost made me abandon the film, the film is fairly decent for those who love the genius that made the first film so riveting. Based on the premise that humans must build gigantic people controlled robots to fight off the monstrous, amphibian-like, but organic Kaiju that emerge from a breach in the Pacific Rim (one that leads to another alien world, don’t get me started, that would take another column), the film retains the adrenaline activating glory of seeing two pilots syncing together (or drifting) to control these huge robots. The action of seeing the characters operating these robots is particularly attractive for those who are looking for a new, cooler type of action than what one would normally see in say, Deadpool 2.
To return to the film at hand though, the main reason Pacific Rim Uprising is so successful is the presence of the very talented John Boyega (lately of Star Wars fame), who plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost (played by the great Idris Elba in the first film) – a Jaeger pilot who returns to service when a terrifying new crisis emerges. Caught up in becoming a great pilot like his legendary father, Boyega’s character is incredibly likeable and attractive due to his biting British humour, and his relative lack of masculine machismo, a major turn-off in most action movies.
You don’t have to see this film in the cinema, you can enjoy it at home. If you want to see on screen, so be it, but if you can’t face the smart alecky humour of Ryan Reynold – magnified manifold by the big screen, then here’s an alternative to satisfy your tastes for watchable but not particularly memorable action cinema.